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57 games reviewed
68.4 average score
70 median score
71.9% of games recommended

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Oct 26, 2021

Super Robot Wars X puts a bit of a fantastical spin on the usual formula, although despite all the mystical monsters and super robot sorcerers, it doesn’t have quite the same magic as other entries.

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Even when the story reaches its climax, it still feels like the Taranis team is just going through the motions, fighting through similar waves of machines while occasionally taking a break to plant tomatoes. Fuga certainly drags on, but at the same time it’s so conceptually unique and visually charming that it's easy to forgive some of its flaws.

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Feb 18, 2021

The game certainly has an original premise and the interesting systems of character customisation made for some unique and challenging battles. I just can’t help but wish there was a bit more meat on these bones.

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As a whole, Trails of Cold Steel IV’s repetitive nature and weaker writing made this grand JRPG series end on a bit of a disappointing note.

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Mar 3, 2020

While the presentation is nice, all the repetition makes it feel like the original mobile game was stretched out to the point where a lot of the emotional impact is lost.

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It’s not the most coherent story, but there’s a fascinating tale beneath the surface. Players with ambition will be rewarded for multiple playthroughs, although it’ll take plenty of patience and the versatility to see all the different outcomes.

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The multiplayer issues, short and forgettable story, and the removal of so many Pokémon, moves and mechanics all add up to make Pokémon Sword and Shield a rare disappointment for the series.

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Trails of Cold Steel III is a fine sequel, although the game often seems to struggling beneath the weight of its growing cast of characters and intersecting stories. As a continuation, it’s a game strictly for existing fans, who’ll get a lot out of it even if they haven’t consumed every last tidbit of Trails content.

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Though the stakes still feel too low at times, the game is focused examining the effect the war has on regular citizens, so being removed from the action at times makes sense. Trails of Cold Steel II ultimately tells a more complete and compelling story than the first game.

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Sep 18, 2019

Even for returning fans, this is just a retread of the same plot of Mask of Deception, a short tale that doesn’t leave much left but the grind of optional missions. Sure, there’s some fun to be had in taking out armies with a colossal sparrow, but it’s something that might be more palatable at a lower price point.

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The simulation elements and new concepts in combat add a welcome twist to Nintendo’s typical formula that makes for a compelling cycle of tutoring and tactics.

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Jul 26, 2019

Between the flashy combat and dramatic storyline, players may be essentially doing the same things as other Yakuza titles, but it’s presented with such ‘80s flair that Yakuza 0 stands out.

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Jun 30, 2019

Super Robot Wars T taught me about love, bravery and that it is in fact possible to get bored of a game where a squad of elderly space Mexican pilots punch through space monsters while shouting "ADIOS AMIGO".

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Apr 10, 2019

The role as a teacher that ties the stories together held some promise, but the messy mechanics made me feel distanced from my pupils and in the end my actions were completely inconsequential.

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Mar 5, 2019

The lineup of locations are the strongest in the series and I adored the depiction of the Disney worlds as vast playgrounds where you can explore, battle and take selfies to your heart's content. Kingdom Hearts III exhibits quality from every expensive edge, with a presentation that matches Disney’s animated output and a phenomenal score by Square-Enix’s composers.

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Go in expecting a chill visual novel and not a grand strategy epic, and you’ll have a good time. There’s a lot here to like, so long as you don’t mind your strategy games with more drinking parties than battles.

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Nov 6, 2018

Tightly designed to a fault, the game's rigid structure works well to present eight different perspectives. From the way each of the characters' unique skills make exploration and combat engaging to the wonderful rhythm of the thoughtful turn-based battles, there are enough excellent ideas in Octopath Traveler that help to overlook some glaring flaws.

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In an RPG subgenre where the story often takes a backseat and true innovation is lacking, Labyrinth of Refrain is a standout with an emotional payoff for those willing to spend time with its reprehensible cast.

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Sep 3, 2018

The way 428: Shibuya Scramble is presented is unlike any other translated title, but if you value games with strong stories you owe it to yourself to not let this creative crime drama fly under the radar. Like Shibuya's scramble crossing, the events are chaotic and the passing moments between characters are sometimes fleeting, but crossing that iconic intersection is one hell of a memorable experience.

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The dungeon dives are dull, but Sorcery Saga at least has some flavour in the goofy items and ridiculous soundtrack. The light storyline and simple spelunking makes it a decent entry point for those curious about the genre who might be intimidated by other roguelikes. Sorcery Saga fails to innovate or challenge, but barring a few unfortunate jokes and costumes it’s at least a cute tribute to a more innocent time for Compile’s RPGs.

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